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Redskins place franchise tag on Kirk Cousins

Redskins place franchise tag on Kirk Cousins

For the second straight season, the Redskins placed the franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins, this time, the exclusive franchise tag a season after placing the non-exclusive franchise tag on the former Michigan State Spartan. 

If Cousins signs the contract offer, he will be guaranteed nearly $24 million for the 2017 season. 

The expected contract maneuver from the Washington front office puts the team and quarterback in a bizarre quandary.

Team and player can negotiate towards a long-term deal until a July 15 deadline, but after that, the franchise tag locks in and there can be no more contract talk until after the 2017 season.

Cousins agent Mike McCartney made the news official on Tuesaday afternoon.

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If that scenario sounds familiar, it’s because the exact same thing played out between Cousins and the ‘Skins last year. The two sides could not agree on a deal then, and it would not be a shock if negotiations again stall. 

What leverage, if any, Washington has against Cousins at this point will be interesting to see. As of now, Cousins has the option to make $24 million this season, a 20 percent raise from his near $20 million salary in 2016, with the very real option of unmitigated free agency in 2018.

All along, Cousins has said he views the tag as a sign that the team wants him and has given no indication that he won’t play under the tag. Many other players elsewhere in the NFL have refused to sign the tag and entered into hostile contract talks with their teams. 

The tag could also open the door for trade possibilities, as Cousins and his representatives can talk about contracts with other teams. 

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Washington Football Team posts video of old name and logo being stripped from facilities

Washington Football Team posts video of old name and logo being stripped from facilities

The Washington Football Team continues to give fans a glimpse into the historic name change and rebrand that will take place over the course of the next season.

The team’s official Twitter account shared a time-lapse video on Thursday that showed various murals and imagery with the old name and logo beings stripped from the team’s facilities.

Phrases like ‘Hail to the Redskins,’ ‘HTTR’ and ‘Fight for Old D.C.’ were removed from in the video as well as the old logo and an overhead view of FedEx Field.

The team captioned the video “Taking everything down and starting fresh.” 

This video is one step in a long rebranding process that the team began a few weeks ago. On July 23, Washington announced it would use the name ‘Washington Football Team’ for the 2020 season and replaced its name and logos on social media that same day.

In addition to a new name and logos, the team released uniforms, including a helmet design that took Twitter by storm.

In the coming months, Washington will continue this transition to rid its facilities of the former name and logo and welcome in a new era in its history. 

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Josh Norman takes the high road when asked to reflect on his time with Washington

Josh Norman takes the high road when asked to reflect on his time with Washington

Josh Norman wasn't the most beloved player in Washington during his tenure with the organization, but he certainly was one of the more interesting.

Media members never knew when a routine interview at the corner's locker would turn into a passionate rant or some bizarre metaphor. That sort of unpredictability basically made every one of his pressers a must-attend event.

So, when Norman's time with the Burgundy and Gold came up during his Thursday Zoom call with reporters in Buffalo, it felt like a place where the now-Bills defender could really sound off. But instead, Norman kept things pretty simple in his answer.

"I don’t stick on what went wrong," he said. "I look at the positives. When everybody is trying to look at the negatives, they’re just harking on that and they think they know who you are just because of that. At the end of the day, I take a lot of bullets and I don’t come out and shoot them back. What for? It’s not needed."

If Norman wanted to lash out at his former coaching staff for how they used him or grumble about how he was essentially benched for the end of the 2019 campaign, it would've been somewhat understandable. He certainly deserves from blame for his less-than-sterling tenure with Washington, but others were culpable as well.

To his credit, however, he chose to mostly focus on his new employer.

"It feels so fresh," Norman said about the vibe with the Bills.

He did find a way to close out that particular part of the call with one unique quote, though. 

"What we’re trying to bring here is something truly special," he said. "I’m just gonna sprinkle a little bit of my pixie dust on it."

Well, for the sake of Bills fans, let's hope that pixie dust is different than whatever he was sprinkling in D.C. these last few years. The recipe for that pixie dust should probably be thrown away, honestly.

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